Grass Valley Gives Weather Forecasts in China an HD Makeover

Huafeng Group of Meteorological Audio & Video Information, located in Beijing China, is now producing on-air TV segments with high-definition editing systems and playout servers from Grass Valley. A subsidiary of China Weather Bureau, which provides weather service and information to the public, Huafeng Group went on the air in March, using five EDIUS laptop editing stations and five K2 Summit™ media servers to edit, record and playout content for 22 TV channels across China.

China’s very first weather forecast program was produced by Huafeng in 1980 and played out on China Central Television (CCTV). Huafeng also manages the production and playout of China Weather Channel, which was established in 1996 and is on air 24/7.

The HD editing systems and playout servers allow the production staff at Huafeng Group of Meteorological Audio & Video Information to handle content as digital files, thereby streamlining the workflow and allowing the company to make the most of its resources.

“We’re seeing more and more customers building centralized facilities to support multiple channels, and they are deploying Grass Valley technologies to make that happen,” said Jeff Rosica, Executive Vice President of Grass Valley. “The K2 media server provides a flexible platform that can be configured in many ways to address different business models. In the case of the Huafeng Group, a combination of five HD servers is supplying the entire country with critical weather information around the clock.”

Grass Valley’s EDIUS (v.6), has been fully optimized for Intel’s 2nd Generation Core Processor, which enables “faster than real-time” encoding of full HD (1920×1080) H.264 video on a broad range of computers from laptop and notebook PCs to desktop workstation PCs. EDIUS 6 allows users to export to Blu-ray Disc, or to AVCHD, directly from the EDIUS timeline.

The latest software for the Grass Valley K2 Summit client server (v.8.0), which was introduced at NAB 2011, adds powerful new features such as simultaneous high- and low-resolution (proxy) clip generation directly on the server during ingest and the ability to stream those files as they are being ingested for confidence monitoring or to allow editors to trim and prep clips right within the new server software—without the need for rendering or conforming.